Imaginary companions and peer acceptance

  title={Imaginary companions and peer acceptance},
  author={Tracy R Gleason},
  journal={International Journal of Behavioral Development},
  pages={204 - 209}
  • T. Gleason
  • Published 1 May 2004
  • Psychology
  • International Journal of Behavioral Development
Early research on imaginary companions suggests that children who create them do so to compensate for poor social relationships. Consequently, the peer acceptance of children with imaginary companions was compared to that of their peers. Sociometrics were conducted on 88 preschool-aged children; 11 had invisible companions, 16 had personified objects (e.g., stuffed animals animated by the child) and 65 had no imaginary companion. The three groups were compared on positive and negative… 

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